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Powerful and moving, Fences follows the story of Troy and Rose Maxson chronicling the challenges of life in the lower-middle-class black section Pittsburg during the mid-1950's. While Washington's performance is outstanding in this family drama, it's easy to see why Davis won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Fences is now available on Blu-ray combo pack at retailers nationwide, and we have a chance for you to win a copy of the film with our exclusive Fences Blu-ray combo pack giveaway. Check out our review below and learn how you can enter to win this giveaway.
Fences Blu-ray Review
Adapted from August Wilson's play Fences, this film flawlessly captures what life was like during the 1950's era.
At the beginning of the film, we meet Troy, a booming baseball star who lost his way and landed himself in prison. After serving his time in prison he soon learns he is too old for professional ball and his life must take on a new direction to survive. Full of regrets he soon becomes a hardened, mean, and a rather dictator towards his sons as we see the resentfulness of his life's decisions build.
By Troy's side is Rose, his devoted wife of 18 years. Full of a rare class not seen these days, Rose brings a bit of sauciness to their marriage challenging Troy on the stern decisions he makes. But as much as Rose challenges Troy, she's also the wife you expect to see from the 1950's era. Calm, poised, and supportive of her husband.
What stands out the most about Troy is his philosophy on how society views the black man and his egotistical attitude towards his two sons, Lyon and Cory, who he doesn't want to see have the success he missed out on in life. While Troy thinks life has dealt him a bad hand, we soon learn about the demons that have determined his journey.
Some people build fences to keep people out and other people build fences to keep people in. Rose wants to hold on to you all. She loves you.”
But the demons we see in the beginning of the film cannot prepare us for what's to come. After dealing a powerful and emotional blow to Rose, betraying their marriage of 18 years, Troy has to answer to not only to Rose but himself.
It's not easy for me to admit that I've been standing in the same place for 18 years!” Troy bellows at her.
“Well, I've been standing with you!” she bellows back. “I gave 18 years of my life to stand in the same spot as you!”
Even after Rose faces the ultimate betrayal a wife can endure, we find her empathetic as she sacrifices her own heart and happiness to help a child born into an illegitimate relationship.
You can't visit the sins of the father upon the child.”
As we watch the empire the Troy built fall around his own fallacies, there's one thing we can't deny. No one can save Troy from himself, not his buddy Bono or his wounded World War II veteran brother Gabe.
While much of the film is staged in Maxson's backyard, Charlotte Bruus Christensen’s cinematography gives a larger than life feels to the film. Fences is definitely a 13+ family-friendly drama full of heavy, yet realistic themes families across America deal with, even to this day.
Fences Blu-ray Combo Pack Giveaway
It's your time to enter to win a FENCES Blu-ray Combo Pack! The FENCES Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high-definition with English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and English Audio Description and English, English SDH, French, and Spanish subtitles. The combo pack includes access to a Digital HD copy of the film as well as the following:
- Feature film in high-definition
- Bonus Content
- Expanding the Audience: From Stage to Screen
- The Company of Fences
- Building Fences: Denzel Washington
- Playing the Part: Rose Maxson
- August Wilson’s Hill District
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